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Old 01-23-2015, 05:59 PM   #15
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Originally Posted by clerick44 View Post
I just found some pictures of this. I'm trying to figure out how much weight that system could hold.
For some reason 75# or 100# sticks in my mind as the maximum capacity, still haven't found my manual.


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Old 01-23-2015, 06:24 PM   #16
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I was at a Bluegrass festival.

A very nice retired guy pulled up next to us in a 76 foot, Fifteen and a half million dollar motorhome. We hit it off and we all shared lies and songs around the campfire. At one point I asked him how many people did his motorhome sleep. He gently held his gals hand and said………two. ( a mostly true story )

My 20 footer sleeps four. The previous owner had a DIY bunk bed so he could sleep five. It was the first thing I removed. It had all kinds of hidden angle iron and supported umpteen different ways. My solution for the grown up kids was to set up my van to sleep three and bring a tent. Then my 16 year old daughter bought a pop up that slept EIGHT!!!!!!!!.

I have a friend who has a VW Beetle. He can fit 19 clowns into it…..but they weren't very comfortable.

Anyway…the point is, if you try to fit too many more people in a space that was designed for a few, things can get stuffy. People breathe out or sweat up to a gallon of moisture a night. Waste tanks get full fast. etc

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Old 01-23-2015, 07:57 PM   #17
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"A very nice retired guy pulled up next to us in a 76 foot, Fifteen and a half million dollar motorhome." That must be some coach! Where could one drive something that big? Most states have a 60' maximum for coach and toad, with 45' max for a single vehicle.
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Old 01-23-2015, 10:29 PM   #18
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Instead of mounting to the aluminum... consider a 'free standing' option... you can brace and secure to the floor.. and it would put the 'load' there.. not hanging from your roof.. built out of aluminum (or al-u-meen-i-uum) angle, it could be quite strong.. lighter than steel and.... well, aluminum!

If bolted together, you could build the mattress frame, bolt together, then add the 'legs'.. bolted to the frame... including bracing... so, it will be a 'simple' removal and / or maintenance problem if you need to address on the road..and easier to build outside and move inside... and reverse for more room. You could even set them up outside the AS in a 'tent' of their own... depending upon the ages of your children...

We have had 8 in our AS ... plus my wife's small sleep... but, up to 15 adults for a 'trailer visit'.... it was do-able, everyone had place to sit with addition of folding chairs while it rained outside...
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Old 01-24-2015, 09:32 AM   #19
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If the extra campers are kids, put them in a tent outside. Let them eat all the sugar they want, and anything with caffeine. Make sure they have USB chargers for their smart devices and Nintendo DS. I always carry a gorilla mask to get them going just before sunup......
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Old 01-24-2015, 10:06 AM   #20
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Our 32 foot Excella sleeps twelve. There are usually only ten of us but my parents occasionally join us, and occasionally one of two of the seven kids brings a friend. Be cautious about hammocks and hanging bunks. There are ways to add them, but your current ribs are not strong enough to bear that load without lots of issues. You can read and see photos of our remodel in our thread under 1986 Excella 32 bunkhouse. You can also come see our Airstream at Alumapalooza if you're going.
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Old 01-24-2015, 10:35 AM   #21
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My 2002 ASCL 31' with rear twin beds and front gaucho was modified by CanAm RV by using two re-covered bunk frames from an older salvaged AS along with the bunk hanger cables and ceiling mounts. The result puts one bunk over the credenza and the other over the gaucho. This allows for sleeping six, 1 each on the rear twins, 2 each on the gaucho, 1 each on the bunk above the gaucho and 1 each on the bunk above the credenza.
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Old 01-27-2015, 10:46 AM   #22
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For some reason the Google doesn't turn up nearly as much as Pinterest. I have seem some amazing ideas there once I got digging.

It seems to me that there is a lot of storage space in the hallway that could be converted to a double bunk and the two single beds in the read could also be bunks. That leaves the goucho in front for an adult or two but that would probably need to be modified.

Maybe I should just rip it all out and start from scratch!

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